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Arthur Miller's Purpose for Writing The Crucible

- Parallels between Arthur Miller’s play, The Crucible, and his article Why I wrote the Crucible, can easily support Miller’s reasons for writing this classic play. Miller’s purpose in writing both the play and the article was to emphasize the similarities between the 1692 witch hunt and the 1950’s Red Scare. Miller simply wanted to convey the message of fear over reason, express himself in a new language of old English, to warn of mass hysteria, and most importantly compare his life in the 1950’s to the irrational trial in 1692....   [tags: the crucible]

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The Role of Reverend Hale as a Catalyst in The Crucible

- The Salem witch trials of 1692 was an event that shaped the history of this country, as well as the lives of those whose wives and husbands were condemned to death. In order for such an event to occur, there must be a set of people who catalyze the event, and others who speak out against it. In “The Crucible”, certain characters help contribute to the rising hysteria of witchcraft, and others contribute to the disapproval of so many wrongful convictions. Reverend Hale is a character who actually contributes to both sides....   [tags: The Crucible]

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The Role of Vengeance in Arthur Miller's The Crucible

- Throughout the endurance of Arthur Miller's The Crucible, vengeance plays a prominent role in the actions and fates of various characters. In many ways, vengeance fuels the need for retaliation. Disputes among neighbors has bred hatred and then witch trials brought out the vindictiveness of Salem's population. This leads to the deaths of many citizens in Salem by false accusations to the court. Citizens of Salem were utilizing the court system as a means of "extermination" for people who had interests or beliefs, that were contradictory to their own....   [tags: the crucible]

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The Crucible

- Introduction The Crucible – It can withstand extreme conditions. While heating metals in it, the impurities come up to the surface and the pure substance can be obtained. It basically helps in separating pure and impure substances. Link – In Miller’s play, the character of John Proctor is tested. Eventually he decides to sacrifice his life, rather than betray his beliefs. In 1953, at the time the book was written, the Second World War had just ended but still there was a clash of democrats ands communists....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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Examples of Crucibles in Aurthur Miller's "The Crucible"

- A Crucible is a container that can withstand great amount of heat, such as one required for refining gold. It can also mean a severe trial. In the play “The Crucible” by Arthur Miller, severe trails occur throughout the play, not just in the courtroom but also in people’s homes and souls. I believe Arthur Miller named his play “The Crucible” because it shows the trials and hardships people face within themselves, the courtroom and Puritan society. An example of a Crucible is a trial or battle someone faces; it could be within themselves or with others....   [tags: Aurthur Miller, Crucible, titles,]

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Vengeance in the Crucible

- Vengeance is the act of taking revenge for a past wrong. In the Crucible, Thomas Putnam and Abigail Williams both took advantage of circumstances to carry out vengeance against different people. For the case of Abigail Williams, she made use of the paranoia of the witchcraft trials to her advantage to carry out personal vengeance against Elizabeth Proctor. Firstly, she amplifies the townsfolk’s’ fear of the supernatural by pretending she was being attacked by witches. By pretending she was being attacked by an invisible bird sent out by Mary Warren (“why do you come, yellow bird?”) and accusing countless people of witchcraft, Abigail sows discord and fear amongst the staunch Puritian village...   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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Analysis Of ' The Crucible '

- Nine critical approaches are utilized when analyzing a piece of literature in order to appeal to a variety of critics. Arthur Miller’s play The Crucible can be interpreted from numerous approaches, but one lens that is unmistakable throughout is the psychological criticism. From a psychological standpoint, one gains access to the mindset of both the author and the characters within. In addition to this, the reader also acquires a greater understanding of the motivations, behaviors, and mental state that each character possesses....   [tags: The Crucible, Salem witch trials, Behavior]

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Conflicts in "The Crucible"

- In Salem, during the times of the Salem witch trials, the church and the people were very close. This is what led to the hysteria and chaos which was the Salem witch trials. It also led to many conflicts between the characters in this book, because anyone who was against the church was considered a criminal. Some of these conflicts were between; Abigail and the other children, Danforth and the town folk, and John Proctor with himself and his wife. Abigail consistently intimidated the village girls....   [tags: Conflict, Crucible, Aurthur Miller,]

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Themes of Pride and Integrity in The Crucible

- The Crucible was not widely accepted when it was originally released. The literature was Arthur Miller's response to McCarthyism and the Red Scare. During the play Abigail Williams accuses most of Salem of being a witch. This leads to mass hysteria within the town. Which in turn leads to Reverend Parris bringing Reverend John Hale to Salem. Hale is there to sort out and get rid of any presence of the Devil. There is a multitude of themes in The Crucible by Arthur Miller. These range any where from guilt and revenge to authority and integrity....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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The Absence of Humanity in The Crucible and Macbeth

- The urge to be seen as perfect is a desire commonly found among humans. However, even some animals are not immune to such desires. A bird trying to attract the best mate in the forest by creating a perfect nest will fight to the death for a twig that it believes will make its nest excel beyond the rest. The bird will even go so far as to break the incubating eggs in a nest if it contains an item that the bird wants as its own. Similarly in humans, there are characters that strive for perfection so much so that they begin to weigh ideology above humanity....   [tags: Macbeth, The Crucible]

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The Crucible and the West Memphis Three

- Revenge, the abuse of authority and the desire for power are all present in both Arthur Miller’s play The Crucible and the case regarding the West Memphis Three. To understand the connection you need to know something about the case. Three young boys were murdered on May 5, 1993 (Leveritt 5). They were stripped of their clothing, their hands were bound and they were forced underwater in the nearby creek where they stayed until they were found the next day. Little evidence was collected the day of their discovery, what was recovered was mislabeled and handled incorrectly....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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The Actions of Judge Danforth in The Crucible

- In any community, the people rely on the power of law and justice to protect them. When the guardians of the law and order misuse their power it brings tragedy upon the town. In Arthur Miller’s The Crucible the inappropriate actions of the character of Judge Danforth, the voice of authority of the community leads to the tragedy of social disruption of the town accompanied by breakdown in communal solidarity. Firstly, throughout the play Judge Danforth acts with pride and arrogance. At the commencement of act III Judge Danforth voices his view on the ongoing phase of the witchcraft trials by stating that “Do you take it upon yourself to determine what this court shall believe and what it sha...   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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Unjustness in The Crucible by Arthur Miller

- In The Crucible by Arthur Miller, unjustness is displayed constantly throughout the play, when innocent men and women are accused of witchcraft in the town of Salem during the 1690's. Chaos and havoc erupt in this small town during the times of the trials, causing many prominent men and women to be wrongly accused of practicing witchcraft. In particular, John Procter, a well respected leader in the town of Salem, soon becomes entangled in the Salem witch trials, when his wife Elizabeth and many other women of the town are accused of witchcraft by Abigail Williams, his former mistress....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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Power in Salem and The Crucible

- “He who has great power should use it lightly.” - Lucius Annaeus Seneca. Power in Salem grew in 1962 at the start of the Salem Witch trials. Two people started to abuse there power. One, Ms. Abigail Williams. Two, Ms. Mary Warren. Three, Deputy Governor Danforth. Why do they abuses there power in the court. The power that Abigail Williams has on the town, maybe fatal. Abigail plays a very important role in the crucible. In fact it is likely with out her it would not exist....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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Abigail Williams of The Crucible

- Abigail Williams is manipulative and wants everything to go her way. She is the main character and causes trouble everywhere she goes. The Salem Witch Trials is about hearings and prosecutions of people who were accused of witchcraft. In The Crucible Abigail is a no good villain. Abigail first commits adultery with Elizabeth’s husband. Later on Abigail begins to accuse innocent people of doing witchcraft which causes them to die. Abigail Williams uses the Salem Witch Trials to put out all the resentment she has toward everyone....   [tags: The Crucible Essays]

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The Crucible by Arthur Miller

- Circumstances brought upon a person can change them greatly. The Crucible is in part based on McCarthyism in the 1950’s which was similar to the Salem Witch trials. Reverend Hale undergoes an immense change as he starts finding out the lies going on in Salem. Slowly, he adjusts from being confident to doubtful. Hale having such a great change in opinion demonstrates the true dysfunction and chaos of Salem. In “The Crucible” by Arthur Miller, the changes Hale experiences are proven by the things he says, the things he does, and others opinion of him....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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The Crucible by Arthur Miller

- When asked about The Crucible, written by Arthur Miller, critic Harold Clurman claims that the play is “chiefly a study in mass hysteria in which superstition conspires with self-interest to incite a society to destructiveness” (handout). This quote accurately portrays the message of revenge and greed serving as common characteristics in times of uncertainty that echoes throughout the play, clearly exemplified through Mr. Putnam, Reverend Parris, and Abigail Williams. During this time, land lust and revenge were common incentives to accuse a person of being a witch, and these three characters clearly exemplify these common reasons....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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The Crucible: Reverend Hale's Metamorphosis

- All of a sudden there was a witch outbreak in Salem Massachusetts. The following day the girls were found in bed inert. The doctor attempted to figure out the sickness the girls could have. However, he could not give the sickness any name. Then Reverend Hale was called in to help the town cure its unnatural problem. Throughout the play Reverend Hale contributed to both sides of the arguments. At the beginning he believed the court was doing God’s job. Towards the end his character changes and is less in favor of the court and more in favor for the people being wrongly accused....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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The Crucible Critical Review

- The Crucible is a famous play written by Arthur Miller in the Early 1950’s. It was written during the “Red scare, when McCarthyism was established. Many anti-communists wanted to prevent communism from spreading just like in The Crucible many wanted to get rid of witchcraft. Many would accuse others of witchcraft in order to not be accused just like many would accuse people of communism. In The Crucible witchcraft would be punishable by death. Many were scared to be accused; therefore many would admit practicing witchcraft in order to save their lives....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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The Crucible: An Allegory for the McCarthy Era

- The Crucible was written as an allegory for the McCarthy era in 1953 by Arthur Miller; an American playwright. The McCarthy era was epitomized by the fear of Communism that Senator McCarthy whipped up. He fostered a witch hunt against anyone who disagreed with his views. Miller’s intention was that the play would be a parody of his own context (himself) with John Proctor quite evidently being a reflection of Miller. The witches in the play symbolized communism. A ‘Crucible’ can mean both; "a container for melting or purifying metals by heat" and "a severe test." Miller describes the village of Salem as ‘the container’ and its contents; the God-fearing residents of Salem along with their emot...   [tags: McCarthy, crucible, authur miller,]

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Life in Puritan Times as Shown in "The Crucible"

- Imagine living a life full of hypocrites, but those same people are supposedly Godly Christians. Living in the Puritan times was not always easy. These people were Christians that were punished for making a single mistake, only to be humiliated when a wrongdoing occurred. In the spring of 1692, witchcraft hysteria swept the entire town of Salem, Massachusetts. This caused twenty people to be executed and 150 others were placed into jail. An estimated one to nine million Europeans were accused of being witches....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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Abigail Williams in The Crucible by Arthur Miller

- Analyse the ways in which Miller presents the character of Abigail Williams. During this essay I will introduce the main points involved in answering the proposed question. I will explore the certain aspects of Abigail’s personality and how it is an important role in portraying her reasons for her actions. I will also analyse the ways in which Abigail’s personality changes through the progression of the play. I will sum up which points have a bigger effect on her intentions and motivations and the effect she has on the characters of the play....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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Puritan Society in The Crucible by Arthur Miller

- The play The Crucible is set in a puritan society; a society which is a theocracy, where priests and church figures have all the power. Abagail; a servant girl becomes the antagonist of the story. Abigail’s character is the victim of the Puritan society in which she rebels. Abigail’s character is one of extreme manipulation; however it does not start out like this. In the beginning Abagail is an unwedded “orphan” (1.8) who lives with her uncle. This means she is only a little higher than being deemed a slave....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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Abigail Williams in The Crucible by Arthur Miller

- Arthur Miller's play, The Crucible, is about the persecution of people falsely accused of being witches or believing in witches in Salem. Many people die in the village after a series of lies and unjust practices. Abigail Williams, after having had an affair with Proctor, begins this cycle of lies to make her feel more important in Salem. Her character includes both superiority and resentment throughout the play so far and the way she does it shows that she is rebelling against the compressed society....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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Going to Extreme Lengths in "The Crucible"

- Have you ever been overwhelmingly passionate about something that you would do anything it took to accomplish it. Sometimes people go to extreme lengths to get what they want. The Crucible is a play that shows us that trait. In The Crucible by Arthur Miller, Abigail Williams does just that. Abigail William's desire for John Proctor creates her dishonest and manipulative actions that affect the whole village. Abigail loves John Proctor even though he is already married and has a strong desire for him....   [tags: Crucible, Aurthur Miller, ]

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Fear in Salem, Massachusetts and "The Crucible"

- What do you fear in our twenty-first century society. Terrorism, inequality, losing your home, or injustice. Salem, Massachusetts during the seventeenth century feared injustices among the government. Individuals hid and lied to keep safe from being condemned as witches. This era of history is known as the Salem Witch Trials. Arthur Miller’s The Crucible explores the Salem Witch Trials while following the lives of several individuals. The fear and mistrust among the seventeenth century Salem society can be directly related to today’s twenty-first century society....   [tags: Salem Witch Trials, Crucible, ]

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Aurthur Miller's "The Crucible" and McCarthyism

- The message in which Miller writes teaches teenagers about what life was like in the centuries before their time, and what some of the themes in those times were; which are also parallel to what happened during Miller’s lifetime, in the era of McCarthyism, as it does in today’s social and political problems. All three of these eras have intolerance, hysteria, reputation, and empowerment woven throughout them. This is one of the reasons they are connected to each other. Teenagers learn many different things from The Crucible’s message, including the Puritans’ intolerance to anybody who did not follow their religion to a tee, or anybody who they considered “different” from themselves....   [tags: Aurthur Miller, Crucible, McCarthyism,]

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Analysis Of The Movie ' The Crucible '

- Filled with lust, greed, and corruption, the 1996 film The Crucible, synchronizes the soundtrack with the actions and images displayed on screen in an unusual, yet effective manner. The film’s plot dictates the antagonist, Abigail Williams, as a villainous manipulator and the protagonist, John Proctor, as a heroic honest man; however, the score depicts a paradoxical story because through the use of Abigail’s leitmotif, the audience conforms to a sympathetic and pitiful attitude towards Williams....   [tags: Music, Musical instrument, The Crucible]

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Elizabeth's Spiritual Growth in "The Crucible"

- The Crucible tells of a town’s obsession of accusing innocent people of withcraft. One character that stands out and makes a spiritual growth is Elizabeth Proctor. Elizabeth allows her frustrations of her depression to overcome her religious beliefs which separates herself from God and her marriage. She grows spiritually and begins to understand the things going on around her which was the strength she needed in the beginning. At the start of the play, Elizabeth is heartbroken her husband, John Proctor, has committed adultery seven months ago with Abagail Williams....   [tags: Crucible, Aurthur Miller, spirituality,]

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The Crucible By Arthur Miller

- How often does a group of girls rule an entire town. In The Crucible just that happens. Everyone around the town is terrified of witches and the girls are the ones most commonly said to be affected by them. These girls then become the court. Arthur Miller’s The Crucible has the recurring theme of justice and fear to show corruption. (Don’t forget to add transitional phrases.)The characters in The Crucible use God to justify everything that happens. When things go wrong it’s because they upset God, or, as Mr....   [tags: The Crucible, Salem witch trials]

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The Crucible By Arthur Miller

- In the novel, The Crucible, written by Arthur Miller, is centered on false claims of witchcraft in the city of Salem during the late 1600’s. These false claims took a toll on the usual way of life, and changed the characteristics of the entire village, many believed their own family members could not even be trusted. The witch trials are a result of religion, and superstitious culture; sets the tone for numerous characters to believe that killing the witches in the village was to fulfill God’s work....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible]

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The Crucible By Arthur Miller

- Abigail Williams, a character in Arthur Miller’s 1953 play “The Crucible”, is a complex character that I believe can be portrayed as the main villain and victim of the play. Immature, violent, and mentally unstable are a few negative qualities that describe Abby as the baddy. But yet at the same time as the play unravels us as readers can see her as a victim of the Salem society that fails to help her recover from her parents ' violent death. One of the big things in The Crucible that Arthur Miller fails to provide is the fact that the other girls crying “witch” are just as guilty as Abby, yet she is the only one to have all of the blame pushed onto her....   [tags: The Crucible, Salem witch trials]

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The Crucible By Arthur Miller

- Throughout The Crucible, author Arthur Miller uses dramatic conflict, metaphor, imagery, descriptive staging instructions, biblical allusion and a variety of other representational techniques to illuminate and develop the issues surrounding people and politics throughout the play. Such issues include the characterisation and portrayal of those in power; the driving motivations of a range of characters; the means through which characters achieve and maintain power; and how the role of power differences in relationships between characters....   [tags: The Crucible, Elizabeth Proctor]

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The Crucible By Arthur Miller

- The Crucible, a play written by Arthur Miller based off the Salem Witch Trials, takes place in Salem, Massachusetts, 1692. During this time period, women weren’t as significant as men. Men held the authority and worked while women were to work in the home as servants. Beginning with the protagonist, Abigail Williams goes to Tituba, a slave, to get revenge on John Proctor. Abigail and Proctor had an affair, committing adultery due to the fact that Proctor is married to Elizabeth Proctor, which is against the Puritan beliefs....   [tags: The Crucible, Salem witch trials]

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Mccarthyism And The Crucible By Arthur Miller

- Niam Mohseni Ms. Sussman English 2 October 26, 2014 McCarthyism and The Crucible Events have played out in history that made people realize the inhumane acts of people and the Salem witch trials and the McCarthy era were two of them. The Salem witch trials in 1692 were almost 260 years before the McCarthy “witch hunts” in the 1950s yet there are similarities between them. The Crucible, written by Arthur Miller in 1953, is about the Salem witch trials and is an allegory to the practicing of McCarthyism during the Second Red Scare in the United States, which Miller was a victim of....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, McCarthyism]

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The Crucible By Arthur Miller

- In The Crucible by Arthur Miller, John Proctor plays a very significant and crucial role in many ways. John, being a man 33 years old, was a farmer who had married to Elizabeth and after their third baby, had an affair with Abigail after she was hired as a housemaid. Throughout the story, John showed dramatic emotional and personal courage, uses irony, imagery, foreshadowing and symbolism to show his sins, guilt, confrontation, love and adherence. Proctor shows hatred for hypocrites, especially Reverend Parris, and after committing adultery; he becomes one of his own....   [tags: The Crucible, Salem witch trials]

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The Crucible By Arthur Miller

- At the beginning of Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, Reverend John Hale is introduced as an intellectual who is extremely learned in the subject of witchcraft, having had an experience with a witch not long before he was contacted by Reverend Parris of Salem. Due to Reverend Hale’s “experience” with a witch, he is extremely confident in his abilities, as exemplified by the quote “they must be; they are weighted with authority” in which Hale was talking about his books, .This is also shown by his actions when he assesses Betty Parris as she lie in bed sick....   [tags: The Crucible, Salem witch trials]

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Proctor's Character in “The Crucible”

- John Proctor is portrait in “The Crucible” as a man of word, a man who is at most times honest. Throughout his whole life, Proctor took care of maintaining his name and his wife’s name clean. It is said in the book how Proctor took care of farming and had a really special caring for his wife. Even though it is arguable and true that he was not faithful at all times to Elizabeth it is insane to say he did not care for her. As an example, when she was condemned he did what was possible in order to save her life....   [tags: crucible, aurthur miller, characters,]

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The Crucible

- Long Essay - The Crucible q How is language used in The Crucible to express the emotional intensity if characters in conflict with each other and/or society and to convey the abstract ideas that emerge through that conflict. The Crucible is a play written by Arthur Miller in 1953. It is a prime example of dramatic theatre using powerful language to express emotional intensity of the characters in conflict with each other and their society. The language used also helps to convey the abstract ideas that emerge through that conflict by providing insights into the characters’ personality and values through their dialogue....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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The Crucible by Arthur Miller

- The play, The Crucible by Arthur Miller, took place in Salem, Massachusetts during 1692. The people of Salem were known as Puritans, which were people who followed God, the commandments, and were required to read the Bible in their spare time. Elizabeth Proctor was known as a “good” Puritan woman, while Abigail Williams was known as what a Puritan should not be. Elizabeth and Abigail were known in the Salem community for their attitude, personality, and their actions. Elizabeth had a good personality and an even better attitude....   [tags: Crucible, Arthur Miller, ]

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The Crucible By Arthur Miller

- The Crucible written by Arthur Miller is about The Witch Trials in Salem, Massachusetts in the 1600’s. The town was placed in hysteria by some of the town girls such as, Abigail, Tituba, and Mary Warren. Certain events in the story led to the widespread of hysteria amongst the town. First, when Abigail pointed her finger to blame Tituba. Second, names of people were mentioned and other events made the town think that the Devil was taking over. In the beginning of the story some of the town girls quietly left out of their house and ran into the woods without anyone noticing them....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible]

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The Crucible By Arthur Miller

- When faced with a problem, humans usually try to find the easiest, fastest, and most convenient way out of the issue. In order to overcome problems, motivation is needed. However, motivation comes from different places within a person based on the individual’s desires. When looking back to 1692 in Salem, Massachusetts the problem during this time period was witchcraft, and "to be accused was to be assumed guilty, to accuse was to avoid punishment" (Jimerson 37). Fear of punishment causes people to accuse the innocent, and the innocent has no redemption for they were automatically guilty....   [tags: The Crucible, Salem witch trials]

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Mccarthyism : The Crucible By Arthur Miller

- “No-no. There be no unnatural case here.” (Parris, The Crucible Act 1 Line 34) The Crucible is a play written by Arthur Miller about the Salem Witch Trials. Miller wrote this play as a critique of McCarthyism, but distanced it by using the Salem Witch Trials as the setting. McCarthyism is the practice of making accusations of treason without proper evidence. Using the Trials as the setting has strong suits, such as allowing him to compare McCarthyism indirectly and the events related strongly with society, and weaknesses, including the time period being so long-standing that it is not a modern example in their era and the idea of witches is farfetched compared to Communism....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, McCarthyism]

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The Crucible By Arthur Miller

- In his article “Why I Wrote The Crucible”, Arthur Miller elaborates on the political allegory he incorporated into his drama, The Crucible. Miller parallels the foundation of fear behind the Salem witch trials and the Second Red Scare, proving that it was the dominating factor perpetuating both conflicts. Analyzing Miller’s argument and drawing evidence from The Crucible, it is proven that the witch trials within The Crucible as well as the congressional hearings during the Second Red Scare were founded on the fear of the populace....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, Witchcraft]

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‘The Crucible’ as an Allegory for McCarthyism

- ‘The Crucible’ is an allegory. An allegory is a story with an obvious meaning but if you look deeper into it, there is another meaning. In this case, the obvious meaning is the Salem witch-hunt and the hidden meaning is McCarthyism. McCarthyism started in the early 1950’s and it was governmental accusations with no evidence. Joseph McCarthy started doing trials on those he thought were communist, but he had no evidence for it. This is the same as the witch trials in The Crucible. Arthur Miller wrote this in response to McCarthyism....   [tags: allegories, Crucible, authur miller, McCarthyism,,]

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The Crucible By Arthur Miller

- Miller’s Message There are many occurrences in history in which North America has shamed itself. These are the events that tend to be skimmed over during history class and are commonly ignored. However, these events are disputed and protested in the form of literature. A good example of this is Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, a play which indirectly conveys Miller’s opinion of the communist trials that took place as he wrote the play. The Crucible describes the Salem Witch Trials that took place in the 1600’s, Miller uses this past event in American history and compares it to McCarthyism....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, McCarthyism]

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The Crucible Play Analysis

- Arthur Miller's title for 'The Crucible' could be argued to be derived from from the name of a small piece of chemistry equipment used to melt and combine substances, a place or situation in which different elements interact to produce something new, but especially a place or occasion of severe test or trial. The play is seen as a metaphor for the Salem community which was made up of many different, conflicting events. The events which transpire cause and allow many of the characters in this enclosed space to change....   [tags: arthur miller, the crucible, Salem]

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The Crucible By Arthur Miller

- Who’s to Blame for the Events in The Crucible. The Crucible, by Arthur Miller, was set in the late 1600’s in the Province of Massachusetts Bay. During this time period, the Salem Witch Trials took place in Salem Village. The Salem Witch Trials were a series of witch accusations, trials, and executions. Witchcraft was shunned in the Puritan society due to their strong beliefs in God. Witchcraft was seen as a way of communicating with the devil, which is against the Puritan society’s beliefs. The Salem Witch Trials were a historical event that has been repeated throughout history....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, Salem]

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Analysis Of The Movie ' The Crucible '

- For this assignment I chose three movies about witches because it was the topic I found most interesting from this class. The first movie was Black Sunday (Mask of Satan), directed by Mario Bava, the second was Warlock, directed by Steve Miner, and last was The Crucible, directed by Nicholas Hytner, based on the play by Arthur Miller. Witchcraft was once and still can be a very controversial topic, as it challenges other’s religions and beliefs and is against Christianity. Each movie was based on the witch and took place in the 17th century....   [tags: Salem witch trials, Witchcraft, The Crucible]

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Analysis Of Miller 's ' The Crucible '

- In The Crucible, by Authur Miller, he was successful in fulfilling his purpose of the theme, truth versus faith. As known before, Miller wrote this play in relations to the Salem Witch Trials, and also, McCarthyism - two both very similar topics. Not to mention, both topics share a repeated theme of truth versus faith. Miller had a story to tell, along with the opinions of his own (indirectly, of course), and the only way he knew how to relate it to what was happening then, was to take something from the past....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, Witchcraft]

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The Crucible By Arthur Miller

- With treasures of valuable lessons to learn, Miller’s ‘The Crucible’ is a sturdily startling fictionalized account of the McCarthyism era that took place in the 1950s. The rigid religious and moral views by Salem’s religious leaders on the townspeople, overthrowing the community’s thoughts by ruling with absolute terror and violence subsidizes to a town’s mass hysteria when Abigail, a young girl coated with selfishness and wickedness, along with her group of friends indict innocent people who have slighted them of performing witchcraft....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, Witchcraft]

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Analysis of The Crucible by Arthur Miller

- In the play The Crucible, Arthur Miller shows how a repressed Puritan town in 1692 can be turned upside down when the threat of witchcraft is taken seriously. The Puritans believe the forest is where the Devil lurks, and they are fearful of the Devil. So when Parris, the town of Salem’s Reverend, catches a group of girls dancing and magic spirits in the forest, the town suspects that some sort of witchcraft is being practiced. The girls deny this accusation initially and Abigail, Reverend Parris’s niece, blames Tituba, a slave from Barbados....   [tags: crucible, arthur miller, puritans, witchcraft]

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The Crucible, Mccarthyism And The Red Scare

- In 1692, nineteen men and women of Salem, Massachusetts were suspected under the crime of witchcraft and were sentenced to hang. These hangings came from the result of villagers blaming each other trying in order to save their own lives. Similarly, in the 1950s, McCarthyism and the Red Scare took on a similar outcome as the Salem Witch Trials; many people were wrongly convicted as Communists. However as time progressed, people became less concerned about saving themselves but began to protect one another from harm....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, Witchcraft]

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The Crucible By Arthur Miller

- The Crucible by Arthur Miller is a masterpiece of its time, not only because of its compelling ideas and relative historical accuracy, but also because of its uncanny ability to draw its readers and viewers to the edge of their seats… and further. Written to point out the evil and perversion embodied in the McCarthy trials of his time, Arthur Miller uses the Salem Witch Trials as a powerful parallel. The Salem Witch Trials occurred in Salem Massachusetts, from 1692 to 1693, in the course of which over 200 people were falsely convicted of witchcraft, and 20 were hanged for refusing to “confess.” It was a grim time ruled by hysteria, as fear became the driving force of the leadership and led...   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, Salem]

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The Crucible By Arthur Miller

- Many people look back on the events of the Salem witch trials and laugh at the absurdity of the allegations. It seems crazy that society could be fooled into believing in things like witches and deal with the events in such an extreme manner. It is a common belief that witch hunts are things of the past. Many people would agree that they no longer exist today; however Arthur Miller, author of the play, "The Crucible", points out that society has not come very far from the days of the Salem witch trials....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, Witchcraft]

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The Crucible By Arthur Miller

- Austere religions with black and white definitions for right and wrong are bound to result in the deception of a suppressed people. With the cornerstone of Puritan lifestyle being the church, their community is profoundly influenced by religious philosophy and beliefs. Anything believed to be a contradiction of their religious moral code is deemed to be sin, and directly connected to the devil. Devil worship and witchcraft is conjured by means of fear that gives superstition power, and those accused of unnatural behavior receive harsh castigation....   [tags: Salem witch trials, Puritan, The Crucible]

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The Crucible By Nicholas Hytner

- Nicholas Hytner 's adaptation of Arthur Miller 's The Crucible provides an interesting look into the life of the Puritans. The Crucible follows the small town of Salem as they are engulfed in the mass hysteria of witchcraft. A group of young girls is caught dancing in the woods, and thus fearing punishment claim that they were possessed by the devil. Soon the accusations run wild which resulted in the arrest of two-hundred peoples, and the execution of twenty. Today the film is regarded as an allegory for the McCarthy hearings, though it also provides an intimate look into the closed societies of colonial America....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, Witchcraft]

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The Crucible By John Proctor

- Choose three of the characters in the crucible and show how Miller presents the motivations for their actions. Think about: Reputation- is this a motivating factor for any of the characters Power – Which characters are motivated by power Witchcraft – how are the accusations used. Who benefits. How. The individual and the society – how might the particular community situation in Salem be a motivating factor for some characters. 800 – 1250 words In the crucible characters are motivated by various themes such as, reputation, power, witchcraft and society....   [tags: The Crucible, Salem witch trials, Witchcraft]

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The Crucible By Arthur Miller

- How would you feel if you were suddenly woken up in the middle of the night, with a group of people knocking at your door, claiming that you’re under arrest for being a witch. You would be taken away from your family and friends, and if you don’t confess to a crime that you never did, you would be killed. This idea is the main basis of conflict in The Crucible by Arthur Miller. This deals with the Salem Witch Trials, and highlights it the personal issues that people would have went through being apart of a Puritanical society....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, McCarthyism]

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The Crucible By Arthur Miller

- The Salem witch trials originally began in the spring of 1692 due to a group of younger girls claiming they were possessed by Satan. They later accused other local women of witchcraft as well. This all began in the Salem Village in Massachusetts. Everyone in the town then began to become hysterical and actually bought into the younger girls’ accusations, this lead to a special court hearing to hear the cases about the witchcraft that took place in Salem. There have been many literary works written about the trials, the more famous of these works include but are not limited to: The Crucible, Salem Possessed: The Social Origins of Witchcraft, The Witchcraft of Salem Village, and “The Trial of...   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, Salem]

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The Characters in The Crucible

- The Characters in The Crucible The Crucible was a story with a wide range of caractors. Not only appearance wise but, with different personalities a together. Many caracteurs in this play thought differently from one and other. That is why this book had a few "twists and turns" to the story. In my profiles, I will display many different caracteurs and theirs' different mentality. First I will start with Mr. John Proctor, a.k.a. "shoulder checker". John Proctor had always things on his mind. People were always on his mind....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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The Characters of The Crucible

- The Characters of The Crucible The Crucible was a story with a wide range of characters. Not only appearance wise but, with different personalities a together. Many characters in this play thought differently from one and other. That is why this book had a few "twists and turns" to the story. In my profiles, I will display many different characters and theirs" different mentality. First I will start with Mr. John Proctor, a.k.a. "shoulder checker". John Proctor had always things on his mind. People were always on his mind....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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The Crucible By Arthur Miller

- The Crucible by Arthur Miller is an allegory written about the Salem witch trials that took place in Salem, Massachusetts during 1692 and 1693. The play includes a number of characters, both those who fully conform to the trials and their consequences, and those who do not conform and decide to fight it. Naturally, all stories have characters that are doubtful of which side to pick. They play along with it, not wanting to take a stand, but in their minds they are not entirely sure whether or not what they’re doing is correct....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, Witchcraft]

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The Crucible By Arthur Miller

- The Crucible was written by Arthur Miller in 1952 and has remained such a renowned play in American literature because the play pays close attention to the importance of reputation, which continues to be as much of a priority in 1692 as in modern times. The play opens with girls getting caught dancing in the woods by Rev. Parris, which escalates to the assumption of them practicing witchcraft. The girls, lead by Abigail Williams, pledge their love for God and undertake the responsibility of accusing whoever they please of witchcraft, usually under false assumptions....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, Puritan]

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The Crucible By Arthur Miller

- The Crucible, by Arthur Miller, is set in the Puritan theocracy of Salem, Massachusetts in the late 1600’s. The dominant ideology of the time considers the Puritans to be the chosen people, and it assumes that the devil is always lurking to destroy the society. The Puritan values are centered around a commitment to hard work, an attempt to live a modest lifestyle, and a focus on Christian doctrine, including strict adherence to the Ten Commandments. Puritans believe that God is the ultimate judge, and they understand that each individual is accountable to Him for devious behavior....   [tags: The Crucible, Salem witch trials, Marriage]

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The Crucible By Arthur Miller

- The Crucible, by Arthur Miller, was not highly accepted at the time of it’s release, in 1952. The book itself is an allegory and was not intended to teach and inform about the Salem witch trials. It is, in fact, about Mccarthy and the people during this time, but to keep it hidden, he used the comparison of the two events. Hysteria, power and greed are what drove the people of Salem to false accusations of the innocent puritan people. People like Abigail, Putnam and Danforth blew the accusations out of the water with the power that was given to them by the provence....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, Witchcraft]

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The Crucible By Arthur Miler

- The Salem, Massachusetts Witch Trials exposed the early court systems, proving them to be unjust and corrupt. The Crucible, written by Arthur Miler is a historical rendition of the Salem witch trials in the Puritan colony of Salem, Massachusetts in 1692. As the play progresses Miler depicts how the trials infringe the morals and values of the Puritans, which promoted loyalty to the lord, communal interaction, and an oppressive code of conduct that frowned upon any unusual or rebellious behavior....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, Witchcraft]

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The Crucible By Arthur Miller

- Every event in history can be attributed to a collective of emotions. In 1692, in Salem, Massachusetts, a group of girls claimed to have seen other villagers working for the devil and began accusing people of practicing witchcraft. This soon created a sense of mass hysteria throughout the town that resulted in the death of twenty people and the imprisonment of over two hundred. We now refer to these events as the Salem witch trials. In the 1950’s, Senator Joseph McCarthy conducted similar trials accusing people in prominent positions of being Communists....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, Witchcraft]

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The Crucible By Arthur Miller

- The Crucible is a story of when the town of Salem, Massachusetts became dominated by hysteria and foolishness during the infamous Salem Witch Trials of 1692. Influenced by the McCarthy Era, when many people (including Miller himself) were accused of being communists, Arthur Miller accurately depicts the widespread insanity of the accusations and the trials themselves in his play by using stylistic elements such as stage directions; imitative, period dialect; and allusions. Miller starts each of his acts with a narration in parenthesis and in italics....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, Witchcraft]

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The Crucible By Arthur Miller

- Their Ruined Virtue The author of The Crucible, Arthur Miller, created many themes to go along with his story. It is the character’s personalities and the drama’s events that form each of the themes. One of the most noticeable themes is the presence of ruining of virtuous acts. Since most of the characters are conceited and looking for a way to climb up the social ladder, not many examples of pure acts of virtue make themselves known in The Crucible. Throughout the drama, the characters and events spoil acts of virtue or of piety for their own profit or selfish advance....   [tags: The Crucible, Salem witch trials, Virtue]

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The Crucible By Arthur Miller

- The Crucible The Crucible by Arthur Miller is a play published in 1953 during the time of McCarthyism and anti-communist fear. In 1950, Senator Joseph McCarthy delivered a speech that shocked America; he accused the Truman administration of being involved with communists. McCarthy’s paranoia led to the questioning of citizens and even public trials that caused panic among Americans. McCarthyism is defined in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary as “a mid-20th century political attitude characterized chiefly by opposition to elements held to be subversive and by the use of tactics involving personal attacks on individuals by means of widely publicized indiscriminate allegations especially on the b...   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, Witchcraft]

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Tragic Factors for John Procter in Aurthur Miller's "The Crucible"

- Aristotle who was the Greek Philosopher once stated on tragic hero. He stated that “The change in the hero's fortunes be not from misery to happiness, but on the contrary, from happiness to misery, and the cause of it must not lie in any depravity but in some great error on his part." John Procter, one of the main characters in the play, is the one example of the tragic hero. Unlike what Aristotle stated, he was not a high classman. Instead, he was a diligent farmer who loved his wife and his children....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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Building Tension in Act 2 of Miller's The Crucible

- The meaning of crucible is to ‘purify something by heat or pressure’. This is a reference to hell and the heat that it contains, as well as the pressure there is about not going there or being sent there for your sins. There are many characters within the play which could be ‘purified’, one of them being John Proctor. This is the play’s main character and plays the part of the tragic hero within it. He is fundamentally a good man, but he has committed lechery so has this on his conscience for much of his life....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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The Crucible By Arthur Miller

- The desire for power and authority has always been a part of the human nature. Today’s society most often use power to dominate one another and fulfill one’s personal intentions, which can affect other people in many ways. Having power and authority is truly gratifying but it is terrifying if abused and used for selfish acts. The play, The Crucible, by Arthur Miller is an example to illustrate the consequences of abuse of power. The characters Abigail Williams, Deputy Governor Danforth and Reverend Parris use their power over society by manipulating people and using their authority to fulfill their personal intentions, like material gain, vengeance, maintaining social status and reputation,...   [tags: The Crucible, Salem witch trials, Puritan]

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The Crucible By Arthur Miller

- Written in the 1950s, Arthur Miller’s play The Crucible delineates the situation of the McCarthy conflicts in America while the plays’ events revolve around the Salem witchcraft trials of 1692. In the play, two major characters are Reverend Hale, an expert on witches sent to Salem for investigation, and John Proctor, a man known for his leadership and hard work. Proctor and Hale, in addition to both being Puritans, are alike in their actions and motives since they both see the depravity of the court and seek to protect people from it....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, Witchcraft]

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The Crucible By Arthur Miller

- Friend turn on friend, and neighbor turn on neighbor no one is safe in the small town of Salem. In Arthur Miles novel The Crucible a great deal of people are being accused of witchcraft. In Salem if you didn’t like someone you can just accuse him or her of witchcraft and they will die. The characters the in the story that have conflicts with each other are Jon Proctor, Elizabeth, Abigail Williams, and Mr. Putnam, and Mrs. Putnam. Miller shows in the novel that unresolved conflicts between people can have tragic results....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, Marriage]

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The Crucible By William Shakespeare

- The setting of "The Crucible is in the year 1692, in Salem Massachusetts, where the Salem Witch Trials occurred. Many innocent people were hung due to the actions of one person, Abigail Williams. Abigail had an affair with a married man, John Proctor, and, having fallen in love with him, wanted to get rid of his wife, Elizabeth. Obsessed with John, she was intent on becoming John 's new wife. As part of an attempt to make John fall in love with her, she participated in pagan traditions, with her uncle 's slave, Tituba....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, Witchcraft]

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The Crucible By John Hale

- “Mr. Hale is nearing forty, a tight-skinned, eager-eyed intellectual.” (32, Arthur Miller). He is a minister from Beverly who has been summoned to Salem by Reverend Parris to investigate his daughter Betty’s condition and whether or not there is witchcraft in Salem. If he finds there to be witchcraft, he would then eliminate it. Hale devotes himself to his faith and his work. His good intentions, and sincere desire to help the afflicted, motivate him. He wants nothing more than to get to the bottom of this situation and come out the hero....   [tags: The Crucible, Salem witch trials, Witchcraft]

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Human Nature Illustrated in Arthur Miller's The Crucible

- Arthur Miller’s play, The Crucible, focuses on the inconsistencies and injustice of the 1692 witch trials of Salem, Massachusetts. The restrictive Puritan society of Salem in the 17th century was based upon religious intolerance, where faith was demonstrated through physical labour and by strict adherence to religious doctrine. Material, physical and sexual desires were considered the Devil’s work and a threat to the very fabric of society. In summary, it is said that Puritanism discouraged individualism on all levels....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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The Moral Implications Displayed Throughout The Crucible

- What is there about the society of Salem that allows the girls’ stories to be believed. What are the moral implications of this in Arthur Miller’s the Crucible. The Crucible is a book written by Arthur Miller Americas most foremost playwright, born on October 17th 1915 in New York at 15 he experienced the Great Depression as his father went bankrupt. He released The Crucible in 1953 around the time when he was accused of being a communist spy. He named the book The Crucible because of the words many meanings....   [tags: Arthur Miller, Crucible]

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